New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) are back again with Power Struggle. All of New Japan’s singles titles are on the line here, and the Super Jr. Tag Tournament finishes up today as well, meaning after tonight, we should have a pretty clear idea of the picture going into Wrestle Kingdom 12 for every title scene except the heavyweight tags, which will have to wait until the conclusion of World Tag League next mont. Like all of New Japan’s other major events, the show will be broadcast worldwide on New Japan's streaming service, NJPW World.
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Today’s action takes place in Osaka's Osaka Prefectural Gym, and thanks to North America returning to standard time, the start time is a little confusing. In Eastern time, the show will kick off at a ripe 3AM after the change, but in Pacific time, the change will not have happened yet and the show will begin at 1AM. Which, for those of you in Mountain time, means you get the unique pleasure of turning the pre-show on at 1:40 only to have the actual show begin twenty minutes later at 1AM.
PRE-SHOW: David Finlay over Katsuya Kitamura by pinfall with a Stunner.
Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) over Dragon Lee & Titan by submission with Seize and Desist (Sharpshooter / arm trap crossface combination) on Titan.
Hirai Kawato, Juice Robinson, Jushin Liger, KUSHIDA, & Tiger Mask IV over Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, & Zack Sabre, Jr.) by submission with a Hoverboard Lock from KUSHIDA on Michinoku.
TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Togi Makabe over Bullet Club (Chase Owens, Cody Rhodes, & Yujiro Takahashi) by pinfall with a lariat from Kojima on Owens.
Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) over Super 69 (ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi) by pinfall with 3K on ACH, winning the Super Jr. Tag Tournament 2017.
The Young Bucks come down to challenge RPG3K to a tag title match, and manager Rocky Romero accepts!
Chaos (Gedo, Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, & YOSHI-HASHI) over Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito) by pinfall with a Rainmaker from Okada on BUSHI.
As we head to intermission, New Japan announce their next show in the United States. NJPW returns to Long Beach, California with Strong Style Evolved on March 25, 2018.
Minoru Suzuki (c) over Toru Yano by pinfall with the bullrope wrapped around his throat for the Gotch-style piledriver to retain the NEVER Openweight Championship (Bullrope Deathmatch)
Marty Scurll over Will “Meow Meow” Ospreay (c) by pinfall after reversing a reversal of a counter (OsCutter > crossface chickenwing > pin, just to be clear) into a victory roll pin to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
KUSHIDA, Ospreay, and Hiromu Takahashi (wearing a helmet, a codpiece, and boxing gloves) get in the ring and stake their claims to challenge for the title. Scurll offers to face all three of them at the same time!
Kenny Omega (c) over Beretta by pinfall with One-Winged Angel to retain the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
Kenny gets on the mic and congratulates Beretta on his effort and says this is the part of the show when his next challenger comes to the ring. Nobody comes out and he shifts to Japanese, figuring maybe whoever it is didn’t understand English. Still nobody and he goes to bid us adieu only for a video to play.
It’s Chris Jericho! He says Kenny isn’t the best in the world, he is. All the other men who have laid claim to that title are gone, and he’s the greatest of all time, the Alpha of pro wrestling. He’s gonna prove it by challenging Omega to see who’s really the best... at Wrestle Kingdom!
Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) over Kota Ibushi by pinfall with High Fly Flow to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
Tanahashi cuts the usual show-ending promo and enjoys his air guitar bit. The streamers drop, the show’s over...
Switchblade is on the screen in his creepy little room again! We finally get a clear view of his face... it’s Jay White! He’s here in the arena! He gets in Tanahashi’s face and says he’s taking all of his kingdom away from him, including the Intercontinental Championship.
They trade forearms as the timekeeper desperately rings the bell to try and restore order to no avail, off the ropes... White lays him out with a swinging reverse STO! He takes his switchblade pendant off and lays it on the old Ace’s chest before taking his leave.
Enjoy the show!